PH signs comprehensive partnership with Australia

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario met with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on November 17 to discuss preparations for the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting (AELM) in Manila.

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The two Ministers discussed also the Joint Declaration on a Philippines-Australia Comprehensive Partnership, which is set to be signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull following their bilateral meeting on November 18.

Moreover, Secretary Del Rosario and Foreign Minister Bishop expressed satisfaction on the breadth and depth of Philippines-Australia relations, especially as the two countries enter their 70th Philippines-Australia anniversary next year.

Foreign Minister Bishop arrived in Manila on November 15 to attend the 27th APEC Ministerial Meeting.

From the Department of Foreign Affairs